#ContemporAprilTBR

challenge

Kathy from Books and Munches hosts monthly challenges on her blog.  For the month of April, the name of the challenge is ContemporApril.  The goal is to read contemporary books.

From Kathy’s blog:

Rules
◊ Post a blog post/comment/Tweet/ whatever saying you’ll be joining me in reading as contemporary novels as you can or own!
◊ Share your list of books and show us which ones you’re going to try and read.
◊ If you’re sharing your updates on social media, use #ContemporApril so we can follow up on each other!

Here is my TENTATIVE (not set in stone) TBR:
Meet Me in Outer Space by Melinda Grace
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
96 Words for Love by Ava Dash and Rachel Roy
Odd One Out by Nic Stone
Pride by Ibi Zoboi
How To Love a Jamaican by Alexia Arthurs
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
A List of Cages by Robin Roe (reread)
The Color Project by Sierra Abrams
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Am I going to read all of these books? no, but that’s what “tentative” is for, and having a somewhat large list gives me options.

#March19GoalUpdate

I thought it would be a good idea to update my followers on how I’m doing with my goals and challenges, and in a way, I feel like doing this holds me accountable.  You can find my 2019 Goals post here, it also includes links to the challenges that I will be doing.

Reading goals: 23 out of 115 books

Challenges:
Modern Mrs. Darcy: 7 out of 10 challenges complete
Series challenge: 1 out of 6 series completed
52 books in 52 weeks: 3 out of 52 weeks- I have abandoned this challenge.
Library Love: 10 out of 36 books.

#February19GoalUpdate

update

I thought it would be a good idea to update my followers on how I’m doing with my goals and challenges, and in a way, I feel like doing this holds me accountable.  You can find my 2019 Goals post here, it also includes links to the challenges that I will be doing.

Reading goals: 16 out of 115 books

Challenges:
Modern Mrs. Darcy: 3 out of 10 challenges complete
Series challenge: 1 out of 6 series completed
52 books in 52 weeks: abandoning, I’m horrible at linking my reviews.
Library Love: 8 out of 36 books.

*All totals are current at the time of posting

#FantasticFebruaryTBR

challenge

Kathy from Books and Munches hosts monthly challenges on her blog.  The challenge for February is to read fantasy and paranormal books that are on your backlist.

From Kathy’s blog:
Rules
◊ Post a blog post/comment/tweet/ whatever saying you’ll be joining me in reading as many fantasy books as you can or own!
◊ Share your list of fantastic books and show us which ones you’re going to try and read.
◊ If you’re sharing your updates on social media, use #FantasticFeb so we can follow up on each other!

Here is my TENTATIVE TBR:
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
Cursed by Christina Bauer
Concealed by Christina Bauer
Wolves and Roses by Christina Bauer
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
The Dark Days Club by Allison Goodman
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

The majority of these books are backlist books with the exception of Muse of Nightmares, which I will probably read first.

#FridayUpdate67

If you are new to my blog, I have decided that I am no longer going to do Friday 56. Friday Update is a feature in which I provide an update on what I read during the week, sometimes what I’m currently reading and what book/books I plan on starting over the weekend.

This week’s update also contains my Biannual Bibliothon Wrap-Up

This week, the week of 1/11/19-1/17/19 I read:
2018 World Series by Triumph Books
Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince Issue #1 by V.E. Schwab
Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince Issue #2 by V.E. Schwab
Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince Issue #3 by V.E. Schwab
*The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
*The Graveyard Book (Audio) by Neil Gaiman (DNF at 2 hours and 30 minutes)
*Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean
*99 Days by Katie Cotugno
*The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

*Read for the Biannual Bibliothon

Pages read: 1,517

Biannual Bibliothon Wrap-Up (you can find my original TBR post here)
Challenges I completed:
Challenge 1: Read the group book- Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean
Challenge 3: Read a book that got you into reading- The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Challenge 4: Read an adult genre- The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden
Challenge 6: Read a book with a cover you don’t like- 99 Days by Katie Cotugno
Challenge 7: Read a book by an author you’ve never read before- Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean.

Total challenges completed: 5

Challenges I did not complete:

Challenge 2: Read one of the hosts’ 5-star reads- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Challenge 5: Combine your favorite genre with your least favorite format or the opposite- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Blog Challenges:
Winter Snow Storm Fun

Bookish Mad Libs

 

#January19GoalUpdate

update

I thought it would be a good idea to update my followers on how I’m doing with my goals and challenges, and in a way, I feel like doing this holds me accountable.  You can find my 2019 Goals post here, it also includes links to the challenges that I will be doing.

Reading goals: 10 out of 115 books

Challenges:
Modern Mrs. Darcy: 3 out of 10 challenges complete
Series challenge: 1 out 6 series completed
52 books in 52 weeks: 3 out of 52 weeks
Library Love: 6 out of 36 books.

*All totals are current at the time of posting

#BookishMadLibs

 

Today is day three of the Biannual Bibliothon and today’s blog challenge is hosted by Becky from Coffee Cocktails and Books. You can see her announcement post here.  Becky’s challenge is Bookish MadLibs.

The word prompts from Part 1:

  1. Book character
  2. Magical artifact
  3. Large number
  4. Magical creature
  5. Book character (same as #1)
  6. Magical land you DO NOT want to visit
  7. Period of time
  8. Relaxing activity or hobby
  9. Villain or least favorite character
  10. Competitive activity
  11. Kind gesture

My list:

  1. Alex Bailey
  2. The magic wand
  3. 50,000
  4. Orcs
  5. Alex Bailey
  6. Isengard
  7. One year
  8. Reading
  9. The White Witch (from The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe)
  10. A baseball game
  11. A donation

The story from Part 2:

The 2019 Winter Biannual Bibliothon was in full swing, but you were craving just a bit more adventure. As you settle in to pick up your current read, Alex Bailey barges into your room, surprising you. You’re told that Alex’s land is in trouble and you’re needed to aid in finding The Magic Wand, the only item that will restore peace and that you’re the only person that can help.

Ecstatic to finally be the chosen one, you agree to help Alex on this quest! As you begin to travel to their land, you find out that others have tried and failed to retrieve this magical artifact and that you are the last hope. You also find out that because no one has succeeded in this quest, no one knows what you’re up against. There are rumors that you need to defeat 50,000 Orcs.

Excited, yet nervous, you and Alex locate the wise elven protector of the land to learn as much as you can about this artifact and how to retrieve it. The elf informs you the artifact is located in the deepest part of Isengard to your dismay. You and Alex venture for one year to make it to this new land.

Along your journey, you spent your free hours training to master reading, hoping this new skill will give you an advantage against your unknown foe. Shortly after arriving at this dangerous land, you finally are face to face with your nemesis, The White Witch.

Though you’ve been training, coming face to face with your foe begins to strike you with fear. Your companion encourages you to be strong and reminds you that you’ve been preparing for this. When you go to use your new skill, you learn that The White Witch is a master. Nervous, you use the only maneuver you have left. You challenge them to a Baseball game. Taken aback by this tactic, they hesitate before reluctantly accepting your challenge. Filled with new confidence, you quickly defeat them!

Begrudgingly, The White Witch awards you the magical artifact, vowing revenge.

You and Alex return to their home land, where you are greeted with cheers and applause. You’re thanked repeatedly for returning the artifact and saving the land. Alex even shows their gratitude by giving you a donation.

The next thing you know, you are back home with your book in hand. For a moment, you think you made up the whole thing, but then you see the glint of the magical artifact out of the corner of your eye. When you look over, nothing is there, yet you know your adventure was real. With a smile growing, your turn back to your book, already ready for another adventure.

#WinterSnowStormFun

Today is day one of the Biannual Bibliothon and today’s blog challenge is hosted by Tracy at Truffle Reads.  

 

From Tracy’s blog here is the challenge:
Name 3 book characters, 2 types of food/drink and 1 song you’d want to have to survive being in a car with, in the middle of nowhere during a snowstorm.

 

Here is mine:
I would love to be stuck in a snow storm in a car in the middle of nowhere with Alex Bailey from the Land of Stories Series by Chris Colfer, Ash from The Haters by Jesse Andrews, and Adam from A List of Cages by Robin Roe.  We would drink hot chocolate and eat pumpkin pasties and listen to “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by The Beach Boys.

#2019WinterBibibTBR

readathon

I first joined in on the Biannual Bibliothon in the summer of 2016 and I’m very proud to say that I haven’t missed a round of it since.  With that being said, I bring you my TBR for the Winter 2019 round.

Challenges I will be doing:
Challenge 1: Read the Group book- Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean
Challenge 2: Read one of the hosts’ 5-star reads- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
*Challenge 3: Read a book that got you into reading- The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Challenge 4: Read an adult genre- The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden
Challenge 5: Combine your favorite genre with your least favorite format or the opposite: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.  For this challenge, I will be listening to the audiobook.  Read this post if you want to know more about my relationship with audiobooks
Challenge 6: Read a book with a cover you don’t like- 99 Days by Katie Cotugno
Challenge 7: Read a book by an author you’ve never read before- Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

I will be doubling up on challenges 2 and 5 and challenges 1 and 7.

*Regarding this challenge: Growing up I was always surrounded by books, and for me, there was never one book that got me into reading because I’ve always been a reader.  So for this challenge, I went with a book that has significance to my journey as a reader as recommended by LittleRedReader.  The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe is the first fantasy book that I remember reading.

#JanuaryJamJar

challenge

Kathy from Books and Munches hosts monthly challenges on her blog.  For the month of January, the name of the challenge is January Jam Jar.

From Kathy’s blog:

Rules
◊ Post a blog post /Tweet/comment/ whatever saying you’ll be joining me!
◊ Create your TBR jar by writing down the books you want to read during January on scraps of paper and put them in a jar/mug/ whatever floats your boat!
◊ Share your list of books that you’ll be putting in the jar and maybe already pull out a book or two!
◊ If you’re sharing your updates on social media, use #JanJamJar so we can follow up on each other!

The list of books that will be put in my jar:

Mirror in the Sky 
by Aditi Khorana
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Challenger Deep by Neil Shusterman
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Ana of California by Andi Teran
The Haters by Jesse Andrews
Starflight by Melissa Landers
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse
Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

These are all backlist books that I’ve been meaning to read.  My plan is to only read four of these books.